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An album launch night for the Anglo-Italiano band Deadly Circus Fire who have just released their highly impressive debut album 'The King And The Bishop' and if you're quick enough you can pick up a copy given away in the latest issue of Metal Hammer in select travel shops of WH Smiths.

And talking of travel the Deadly Circus Fire are a band that have the capability to go a long way.

An impressive supporting cast made up for a four band bill. A band who will soon be headliners in their own right when their debut 'We're Gonna Get You Out Of Here' gets released in November are gutter rockers Pink Cigar. A little out of place on this hard core heavy bill, but here is a band who have no fear on whatever stage they play.

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Full of confident swagger and cockiness Pink Cigar played a set full of kick ass memorable tunes with neat licks. Singer Sharkie Cottrell looked as if he was determined not to waste any of the band's rider, swigging away from his beer can while in playful tomfoolery mood, he is a sleaze version of Liam Gallagher, in that the girls want to smack his behind whilst the guys want to smack him in the mouth. Everything you need in a rock n' roll singer.

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Death metallers GraVil are a band who have had plenty of complimentary comments from the leading Metal magazines including Metal Hammer who said: "Mammoth grooves from a technically advanced future", and from watching their videos on YouTube with songs such as 'Enemy Within' I could only agree.

However GraVil didn't seem to be firing on all cylinders this evening. They huffed and puffed but were never going to blow the house down. Singer Grant Stacey seemed to suffering from a sore throat as he wasn't reaching his usual heavy growling powers. An enthusiastic performance of head swirling Metal from the band nonetheless.

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Schemata Theory are a band in line with Linkin Park and 3 Inches Of Blood in that they have two lead singers and their sound lies somewhere in between those two bands blended with heavy thrash and technical hooks. It took a few songs before the Theory was in swinging order but their own fans down the front were soon enjoying the ride with songs such as 'Shedding Skin' and 'A Complex Slate'.

Myles Dyer and Luke Wright are an animated pair on the vocals with Dyer being the commander. The band show promise but are treading on dangerous ground when they include a Metallica cover that is far superior to their own material, 'Sad But True'!

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Sharp and dapper dressed Deadly Circus Fire looked sinister in their clown make up and whilst they're not here to make us laugh, not one is going to wipe their smiles off as they delivered a devilish good heavy progressive set which was like listening to Faith No More on a bad acid trip.

It's been three years since I previously saw the band at the Hammerfest back in 2010 and I thought they were good then, but I was gobsmacked by how much they have improved in density and volume.

Singer Adam Grant has grown immensely in confidence, if not in height, in that time. Looking like Rick Astley in a scary horror movie Grant has a voice that is bigger than the band's incredibly large pedal boards.

Save Addario provides dense heavy riffs complimented by concrete bass work from Mike Enort and tight but loose drumming from Paul Igoe. An executed set full of songs from 'The King And The Bishop' album and it was check mate with the new song 'Rise Again'.

When Addario and Enort jumped from the stage into the crowd it was sheer pandemonium during set closer 'Nothing' and it was certainly a case of nothing else matters as the job was done with a phenomenal display of gritted determination to slay all those here to witness this spectacular ghoulish show.

The Borderline had never witnessed anything like it. Deadly Circus Fire burnt the house down.

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Set list:

The King And The Bishop
Through The Soil
Her Epitaph
Rise Again

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Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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